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First of May, First of May, Brand-New Budget Starts Today

So now that it’s the First of May and I can finally start putting my new savings plan into action (as a quick recap, I want to put 20 percent of every freelancer payment into a “taxes” saving account, 20 percent into a “debt” savings account, 10 percent into actual savings, and keep the other 50 percent for overhead and discretionary expenses), I’ve started to think about what that might mean in practical terms.

During one of my weekly Tumblr financial roundups, for example, I calculated how those percentages would have fallen out had I put this plan into action in March:

If I had done this for March’s “total money that hit my bank account,” which ended up being $5,539.41, it would have worked out to:

20% savings: $1,108

20% debt: $1,108

10% savings: $554

Left over: $2,770

As I wrote for The Billfold earlier, I have an approximate $1,500 overhead cost (rent, food, bills, etc.), so that would leave me with $1,270 in discretionary income. If I earn less money in any given month, I still have a lot of wiggle room in this budget.

I can already see a big honking problem with this plan, though, at least for May: I have a bunch of expenses coming up at the beginning of the month, and all my big freelancing checks don’t start coming until the middle and end of the month.

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Let’s Throw Some Money at Our Problems: April 2015 Check-in

It’s time to check in on our debt payments and savings goals again.

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“Sometimes all you can do is take the loan & worry about consequences later”

Be sure to use the magic words, which can make a collection agency go away.

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Let’s Throw Some Money at Our Problems: March 2015 Check-in

It’s time to check in on our debt payments and savings goals again.

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President Obama and the Student Aid Bill of Rights

It’s been almost a month since President Obama spoke about improving college education opportunities during his State of the Union address, and now we have a new development: on March 10, the White House released a Fact Sheet on the new Student Aid Bill of Rights: Taking Action to Ensure Strong Consumer Protections for Student Loan Borrowers.

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Giving Up a House to Pay Off $63,000 in Credit Card Debt

Sleepless nights. A knot in the pit of the stomach. A gnawing sense of unease.

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Let’s Throw Some Money at Our Problems: February 2015 Check-in

Tackling that debt.

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Strikes, Walk Outs, & Other Old Answers To Today’s Higher Ed Problems

“‘In reality, many of us will never come close to paying off these debts.'”

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What’s Student Loan Debt Preventing You From Doing? A Lot of Things

Nicole wrote yesterday that the reason she’s not a homeowner is because owning a home means building a life together with someone else, and she’s still waiting for the right person to come along. At the same time Nicole’s post went up, the Associated Press reported that student debt is one of the biggest factors that’s preventing young people from buying homes.

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